Sunday, May 21, 2017
Denver Sports Memories: Broncos Defeat Hot Dogs??
Broncos defeat the Hot Dogs??? In a 1969 game against San Diego the Broncos were shutting out the Chargers when suddenly the score read “Denver 13 Hot Dogs 0”! “Bush league!” were the cries from the San Diego team and fans - you don’t mess with the scoreboard in a pro football game! I was sitting in the South Stands at the old Mile High Stadium for that game. As we all laughed at the scoreboard we later found out it wasn’t the Broncos who changed the score - turns out a fan had snuck into the scoreboard and changed the lettering of “San Diego” to “Hot Dogs”.
This game also had significance in that it was the first time the Broncos had shut out an opponent, as the final score did turn out to be Denver 13 San Diego (Hot Dogs) 0.
As we walked out of the stadium that day my friend who sat by me that day said, “They could have spelled something a lot worse than Hot Dogs!”